International Union of Architects
PRESIDENT 2005 – 2008
The International Union of Architects (UIA), is a non-governmental organisation, a global federation of national associations of architects, that are its members.
The UIA’s goal is to unite the architects of the world without any form of discrimination. From the 27 delegations present at the founding assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1948, the UIA has grown to encompass the key professional organisations of architects in 124 countries and territories, and now represents, through these organisations, close to one million three hundred thousand architects worldwide.
The UIA is dedicated to advancing and promoting the profession and reinforcing global architectural quality, through the efforts of specialists from around the world working within three commissions dedicated to:
The purpose of the Education Commission and Validation System is :
to advance the quality and access to high quality education globally, leading to higher quality architecture for the public good, and increased transportability of architectural education across borders.
acts as UIA think-tank for Architectural Education topics, reflecting and proposing guidelines, documents, proposals and opinions related to Education.
The UNESCO-UIA Charter on architectural education elaborated in 1996,
lays out a series of guidelines aimed at ensuring that young architects are capable of meeting the professional, social and cultural challenges of the modern world.
The PPC is the author and proponent of sustaining and implementing “The UIA Accord on International Standards of Professionalism in Architectural Practice” (the “Accord”)
Adopted by the UIA General Assembly in Beijing, PR China in 1999 the “Accord” contains 18 policy statements and 14 fully developed guidelines regarding those policies. The commission continuously reviews the current relevance of the standards of practice, and develops new documents that are reviewed and adopted by the UIA Council on a regular basis. The updated document is adopted by the UIA General Assembly at the conclusion of each Triennium.
The Accord is intended to be a guide available to member section professionals and utilization by governments and lawmakers in the promotion of the global mobility of architects.
Through its advisory role, the International Union of Architects guarantees the exemplariness of international competitions such as those that led to the construction of contemporary landmark buildings like the Sydney Opera House, Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Tokyo International Forum, and the Alexandria Library in Egypt.
AFRICA UNION OF ARCHITECTS
SECRETARY GENERAL (1998 – 2005)
The Africa Union of Architects was inaugurated in Nigeria in 1981 to unite architects from all over the continent regardless of nationality, race, religion or doctrine, and to federate their national organizations.
Initially the AUA was made up of delegations from 23 countries. Today, it regroups the key professional organizations in 27 countries, thereby representing nearly 35,000 architects across the continent.
In parallel with the development of major intergovernmental institutions with which it maintains close relations, the AUA has become an accomplished non governmental organization and an incomparable professional network of architects.
MEETING WITH THE WORLD LEADERS
What I like about Gaetan is that he does not keep himself within the defined boundary of his profession. He has a global humanitarian view. He has a vision of a world where he is not the centre of his world. He wants a world with human values, not driven by selfish motives. In all the years I have known him, I have never seen him flinch from his defined path, or the obstacles that have inevitably arisen alnog the way. I admire him for his dedication and commitment.MUHAMMAD YUNUSNOBEL PEACE PRIZE
'Humanism' might be the word that best describes the great work of Gaetan Siew, as an architect, a team leader and a visionary. Being involved in future studies, I was myself very sensitive to Gaetan's determination to promote Smart Cities that would remain human centered rather than mostly focused on performance and technology. His concern for a sustainable environment and his devotion to preparing a positive future are other very remarkable qualities of his.VIRGINIE RAISSONPRESIDENT, LEPAC
When South Africa emerged from isolation in the early 90’s to join the global network of architects, Gaetan Siew led the charge. At that time he was Secretary General of the Africa Union of Architects (AUA) and also a member of Council of the International Union of Architects (UIA) so South Africa had an immediate champion. He later moved up to chair the UIA and became a trustee of the AUA thereby retaining his feet firmly for architecture in Africa as well as worldwide.RODNEY HARBER PROFESSOR, UNIVERSITY OF KWA ZULU NATAL
Mr Gaetan has been successful in accessing architecture related problems. he is a very charismatic person, a man of genius. When characterising Mr. Gaetan, one could say he is a person of global thinking, capable of bringing together people and providing them with information of global professional importance.JURIS MONVIDS SKALBERGS PAST PRESIDENT, BALTIC ARCHITECTS UNION ASSOCIATION
As a UIA Past President, Mr. Gaetan Siew’s main priorities was a comprehensive programme of structural transformation aimed at revitalising the Union and making the professional world body more effective. He was a constant advocate for fairer mobility of the 1 500 000 architects within the 130 member countries establishing international practice norms engaging with WTO, setting up international qualifications recognition in collaboration with UNESCO and the creation of a global Continuous Professional Development system.WEIMIN ZHUANG DEAN OF ARCHITECTURE, TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY
During his term as the Presidency of the World body of Architects (UIA), he worked largely in connecting architects of the developing nations and advocated strongly for their empowerment through innovative solutions for sustainable communities by infusing African architecture with cultural values which was strongly supported and promoted through his Vision and Strategy committees he chaired at both world body and for the African Continent.TOKUNBO OMISORE PAST PRESIDENT, AFRICAN UNION OF ARCHITECTS
Grace a ce réseau qu'il a bien voulu active chaque fois que nécessaire, suite au tsunami en 2004 pour la mise en place d'actions d'assistance aux populations sinistrées en Indonésie et au Sri Lanka ou encore suite au séisme du Pakistan en 2007, il a permis la mobilisation des entités nationales d'architectes des pays touches et favorise ainsi la reconnaissance de notre action et son développment.PATRICK COULOMBEL CO-FOUNDER, ARCHITECTES DE L'URGENCE
Gaetan Siew is a discrete and truly inspiring figure, admired by his peers and lcoal community. He dedicates his time selflessly for the betterment of the urban fabric. We need more architects like Gaetan; devoted to contribute to building a more sustainable world. He deserves this recognition for selflessly dedicating his career to the betterment of the world, providing possibilities for Governments, Councils & Communities to achieve resilience and urban coherence.ZAHEER ALLAMCHAPTER CHAIR, INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR TRADITIONAL BUILDING, ARCHITECTURE & URBANISM
In international forums or on collaborative initiatives, Gaetan has impressed us with his natural ease to connect Western thinking to Eastern sensibilities, and vice versa, whatever the project or the audience. I also believe that his approach to architecture and planning work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.MARTA C. FAJARDO FORMER PRESIDENT, INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS